Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engine powered the first revenue service flight of the Bombardier CS300 with airBaltic, taking passengers from Riga to Amsterdam on Dec. 14. airBaltic took delivery of its first CS300 aircraft on Nov. 28 at Bombardier headquarters in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"The CS300, powered with the revolutionary PurePower engines, sets new standards in the airline industry," said Martin Sedlacky, chief operations officer, airBaltic. "The engines deliver a 16 percent reduction in fuel burn, allowing us to extend the range of our jet fleet and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations. Both our passengers and crew will appreciate the benefits of flying in a brand new aircraft that is equipped with the latest technologies."
"Pratt & Whitney is excited to be part of the C Series program and to celebrate the airBaltic's first customer flight of the first C Series CS300 aircraft," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Commercial Engine Sales, Marketing and Customer Support at Pratt & Whitney. "The technologically advanced PurePower engine is transforming aviation by providing cleaner, greener and quieter power to the aircraft."
The entry into revenue service of the CS300 marks another key milestone for the C Series program as Pratt & Whitney continues to pave the way with the most advanced engine technologies in the field of civil aviation.
airBaltic has ordered 20 of Bombardier's latest CS300 jets, each powered by Pratt & Whitney's revolutionary PurePower engines. The PurePower Geared Turbofan engine backlog continues to grow. Pratt & Whitney has engine orders, including announced and unannounced firm and option engines, from more than 80 customers in 30 countries.
airBaltic is based in the Mārupe municipality near Riga, Latvia.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com.
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